‘Lanny’ by Max Porter

My rating: 4 stars

The connection of three people with a child and the power of nature are brought to life in Lanny by Max Porter. Set in a small village near London, this novella, which is written in stream of consciousness and is filled with meaningful design tricks, mixes a myriad of human reactions with magical elements. Despite being fragmented and consisting mainly of memories of certain moments, it is surprisingly engaging.

Dead Papa Toothwort, some sort of mythical entity that is used to scare children, wanders around the village and listens to all the sounds. He waits until he hears his favourite one – the sound of a boy named Lanny. What he listens to is presented in a graphically different way. Words become waves. They don’t form full sentences, though. They are just fragments of longer conversations by random people, which, nevertheless, help to shed some light on what is going on in society.

Lanny is also presented to readers in the first part through the perspectives of his mother, his father and Pete, who muse on their lives in the first person. Lanny’s mum is an out-of-work actress and aspiring crime writer. She convinces Pete, an older artist, to teach Lanny how to paint. Pete and Lanny form an endearing bond. On the other hand, Lanny’s dad, who works in the financial sector in the City, seems embarrassed of his son, because he behaves differently from his expectations. On occasion, even Lanny’s mum starts to ponder on some of his behaviours, despite loving him dearly. Continue reading

Books I’m Waiting for in Paperback

Unless I’ve been impatiently and fervently expecting a book for years, I always tend to wait for the release in paperback. They are cheaper, much easier to hold and carry around. This also means that I tend to read the majority of books when the hype has already subsided. There are four books that I have been seeing mentioned around a lot lately and that I’m planning to read as soon as the editions in paperback are released.

 

The Confession by Jessie Burton

Since I loved both The Miniaturist and The Muse, I obviously want to read The Confession, Jessie Burton’s new novel. My expectations are not as high as they could have been, though, as part of the book takes place in LA, a location that usually doesn’t appeal to me.

On the other hand, it is set in different time periods, something I tend to enjoy. In the 1980s, Elise Morceau falls in love with Constance Holden, a successful writer whose book is about to be adapted into a Hollywood film. Thirty years later, Rose Simmons is looking for answers about her mother, whom she has never met. The last person to see her was Constance. Continue reading